Finding Fifteen

November 25, 2015


Who am I? What do I like to do in my free time? Have I somehow lost myself?

I think a lot of mother's start having these same questions, especially as the kids needs becoming more demanding. As a women, we begin worry about our husbands needs, our children's needs, the housework that needs done, or the groceries that need to be bought.

The Big Picture

November 18, 2015

Here we are at the end of November of 2015. I can't believe how fast the time has already flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was planning my high school graduation and here I am now. Married. Two Kids.

I had a friend say to me; "If I could go back I would do things so differently, but who wouldn't?" This got me thinking.

Would I change having my first child at 20? My second at 24? Getting married at 23? Would I change all the heartbreaks that happened? Would I change the decision I made to not go away for college? Would I change it all if I could?

The honest answer... No. I wouldn't change a single thing. It took me a while to think about this, and I actually prayed over it. Why was something like this important to me? I think it's because at times it is so hard to see God's plan in our life. We are so caught up in the "we want it now" idea, that we can't be patient enough to see the big picture. God's picture.

There were many times I prayed to God after a teenage breakup, and begged him to find a way for me and my ex to get back together. Little did I know that the reason why I didn't get a "yes" to that prayer was because he had a much better man for me. Someone who would literally make me laugh till my side hurts, someone who just by hugging me can turn my day around. Someone that would love me as much as I loved them.

I wouldn't change having my kids  or getting married at a young age. I love that I am able bodied enough to see them grow. I love that when they get out of the house and go to college that I'll still be young enough to go do things again. I love the age I had them, and I guess to some it seems young. But I think it was just perfect.

You see when we are in the moment, we only think about ourselves. However, we aren't in control. The Lord is. When we decide to accept this and to let the Lord take control of our lives we start seeing how it is all apart of his plan.  Had anything in my life been different I wouldn't be here today. I wouldn't be the person I am. I wouldn't have the beautiful children that I have. Could I possibly have been single, learning to make a million dollars a year and traveling the world right now? Sure. But that wasn't the life God had planned for me and I'm great with that.

I left college because I couldn't decide what I wanted to study. It wasn't because I was not smart, on the contrary I had excellent scores. But nothing ever seemed right. It's because God called me to be a mother. A mother to boys. To raise them as gentlemen. To be God fearing. He gave me the most perfect job!

So in times of doubt, always remember that God loves you and is in complete control.

Jeremiah 29:11-13




11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


Forgetting Thanksgiving

November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving.

Many people pass by this word as if it is nothing. Sure they remember that they have to go to Grandma’s house for lunch, but other then that it is nothing to them. Many people switch straight to Christmas. While, in my mind that is excellent to do if you are also remembering that Christmas is for the birth of Jesus Christ, not spending a billion dollars on Christmas gifts. That however is a topic for another day.

However, as such a high paced society we forget that there is an entire MONTH dedicated to one word: Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, many have forgotten to be thankful and go straight into, “I want this. I need that. More more more” attitude. Even the bible stresses the importance of being thankful in my favorite verse:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

-Phillippians 4:6-7

Stores too quickly get rid of their Thanksgiving stuff, replacing it with Christmas. As a matter of fact, I went to the grocery store Monday looking for some window clings for Thanksgiving. I was quickly met with, “I’m sorry Ma’am, but those were on clearance last week and we have no more.” It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and the “Thanksgiving Items” are already on sale? How is this possible? We complain of life becoming to fast these days, of children not getting to be children and wonder why. This is exactly why! We are rushed we jump straight from Halloween to Christmas with no time to slow down, which is exactly what Thanksgiving is all about. Thanksgiving should be about family, and getting together with them and not just for the sales.

That’s another reason why Thanksgiving has gotten pushed to the side. It has become a shopping holiday. Growing up, we all knew of Black Friday and that was great. But what really irritates me now is how “Black Friday” deals have started happening on Thanksgiving Night. That is ridiculous in my opinion. I love a good deal don’t get me wrong. I often shop at thrift stores and will go out of my way to save money. But this is wrong to me. Instead of being able to enjoy the night of thanks- many people leave early to get in on the deals or to go wait in line. It kills the spirit.   I even enjoyed Black Friday, because we would have to get up so early but even then it was a family (mostly women) event. However the “deals” are starting to cut into memories. One day you will look back on and wonder why didn’t I stay longer with Great Grandma and Grandpa and listen to their stories, only to realize that you left early that day to get a big screen TV on sale. I just wish that life would slow down again, and that people remember what November is about before jumping straight to a different holiday.

If you are one of my followers and you already have your Christmas tree and decorations up-kudos for you. I’m not saying that you can’t put those things up and get excited, I’m just trying to remind you that this is a month of Thanks, and as such should be held in high regard too. Keep your red and green decorations up, play your Jingle bells loud but please remember to stop and remember the things that make you thankful.

DeAnna

Marriage Monday

November 9, 2015

Hello all!

So at first I hesitate to write anything about marriage, because honestly... I've only been married for a little over a year. However, I thought I needed to dedicate a day to my marriage, because surely there are others that are newly married going through the same situations.

 Today will be quick, because I didn't prepare an outstanding post. This is simply to show you to be looking in your inboxes, or checking back on Mondays for this new thing here! 

What are some topics you'd like me to address on Marriage Mondays? 

Rest

November 6, 2015

"Now, you need to stay off your knee for a few days for it to rest." That was the last sentence the doctor said to me as I left his office on Tuesday. 

Has this happened? Nope. Well maybe. But not like he would have wanted. I'm a mom-a stay at home mom to two wonderful, energetic boys. I still have to get up, get my oldest ready for school, take him and sign him into school (complete with baby on my hip), clean house and cook dinner. (I originally typed "supper" but my husband tells me that's extremely southern haha). 

Now B does help when he gets home, but it's just me for basically 10 hours a day while he works. I am so thankful he does what he does do when he's home though. He helps out, even though he is exhausted from work. 

I think doctors should write a prescription for a maid service when they want mothers to rest. Honestly! If I'm at home all I can see is what needs to be done.

So has my knee got any better? Not much,but the swelling seems to be going down some. Hopefully after some time it will get better, and I won't need any more surgeries or doctor visits. As of right now the doc wants me to get an MRI because he thinks it may be a tear in the ACL. So if you all could pray for me that would be great. Thank you so much! 

Oh, and how do you like the new look here? I'm still looking for someone to do a logo, but it's coming along. 

Dear Time Change

November 2, 2015

Dear Time Change, 

Once I upon a time,I liked you. Possibly even loved you. The night of the change giving me one extra hour of sleep, or when I would go out an extra hour before I went home. 

But alas, I've gotten older and had a couple of kids. Frankly, you are not my friend and I'm pretty sure you've started to hate me. My youngest child is trying to wake up at 5 a.m. When we had a very nice relationship with 6:30 am. My oldest doesn't understand why play time outside is cut short because "the sun goes to bed early now". 

If you could,please start liking me again and stop causing so much problems. 

Sincerely,

DeAnna- the already overtired mom, who is now extremely overtired. 

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